From January 9 to April 8, Starwood Preferred Guest is running its first quarter promo, “Better By the Night” — double points on two-night stays and triple points on stays of three nights or longer. Registration required.
It’s not as lucrative as Starwood’s summer 2011 free resort night offer, but it’s more valuable than it seemed to me at first blush for longer stays. Mommy Points, to whom a hit tip is due for pointing out the promo, notes how the promos stack. (And also points out that the non-participating properties list is shorter than in recent times for recent promos.)
- Two points per dollar normally
- Plus one point per dollar for Gold and Platinum members
- Plus two points per dollar for two night stays and four points per dollar for three night stays and longer
- Plus two points per dollar paying with a Starwood American Express card.
Last week I offered a detailed analysis of why the card has held a key place in my wallet for ten years.
A Starwood Gold member putting a three night stay on a Starwood Amex would receive a whopping nine points per dollar. Starwood points are among the very most valuable currencies, it’s order of magnitude reasonable to think of that as an 18% rebate.
As always, if you use my link for the Starwood American Express card I do receive referral credit for it, you don’t need to use my link of course but I do appreciate it.
Regardless, you should register for the promotion, it makes Starwood properties attractive for longer stays during the promo period and even if you aren’t a Starwood regular sometimes you just wind up in one of their properties and it’s easier to have registered from the get go than having to remember to do so later.